Hydroponics are a soil-less marvel

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Tim Durham is a member of the Global Farmer Network and in AGDAILY he discusses what is hydroponics and ways hydroponics can take the guess work out of farming. The following is an excerpt:

“Whoever coined the proverb “necessity is the mother of all invention” wasn’t kidding. I’m frequently astounded by the ability of farmers to scrounge together ideas and improvise solutions. Some are one-time creations to get out of a bind, while others have more staying power — perhaps leading to the creation of new implements or farming techniques. Occasionally, necessity prompts the rediscovery of old approaches (making them chic once again) or even births the next wave in farming. Hydroponics is a classic example of ingenuity — one poised to make an indelible mark on today’s food system.”

Tim is a 5th generation farmer, educator and agvocate. His family operates Deer Run Farm, a 30 acre truck farm on Long Island, New York where they grow leafy greens, root crops and herbs. Tim is also an Associate Professor of Crop Science at Ferrum College, Virginia.

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Tim Durham

Tim is a 5th generation farmer, educator, and agvocate. His family operates Deer Run Farm – a 30 acre
“truck” farm on Long Island, New York – where they grow leafy greens, root crops, and herbs. Though conventional, the farm fashions itself biointensive, using Integrated Pest Management, naturally-derived biorationals, and organic amendments. Fractional monoculture is also a focus: small-scale, intensive cropping punctuated by rotations and cover crops. As a result, Deer Run Farm was hailed as a “national model” by the New York State Agricultural Environmental Management program for its stewardship. As one of a handful of farms outside of New York City, it faces unique challenges, especially those associated with urban-edge agriculture.
In 2005, he enrolled in the University of Florida’s Plant Medicine Program – an interdisciplinary “plant doctor” degree that parallels an M.D. or D.V.M. In the offseason, he’s an Associate Professor of Crop Science at Ferrum College, VA.

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